Sunday, July 30, 2006
Some weeks ago, I joked here about having gone to Hawaii as a reward for Roger finishing the textbook he's been writing, like, FOREVER. At the time, the idea was pure fantasy.
Well, Roger DID finish his book and as we were talking about how to celebrate this momentous event, he suggested that what he'd really like to do... is go to Hawaii! We looked at our calendar, found the one window of opportunity, called our travel agent, and next thing we knew, we'd booked a trip to Maui for 10 days! This is especially exciting as we've never really taken a vacation like this as a family. Since Caroline arrived 10 years ago, our vacations have usually involved visiting family and friends (in great places like Maine and San Diego), but still...this will be quite fun.
So, we are in BIG PACKING mode, as we leave bright and early Tuesday morning.
We'll be staying in Napili, which is just north of Lahaina... On this map, it's on the far left-hand side of the island.
We have a condo rented, which our travel agent assures us will be comfortable and perfect for staying with a child, near good beaches. We'll be somewhere in this complex, facing the water:
Looks gorgeous, huh? We are planning a whole lot of beachy relaxing, a horse-back riding outing, an evening at the Old Lahaina Luau, and, of course, plenty of snorkeling.
We are armed with a travel guide to Maui, all of our friends' recommendations about where to eat and what to do and (from my brother) the best place to buy fish for dinner. I have set out my pile of paperbacks for vacation reading, but I have already started rereading James Michener's Hawaii to get me in the mood.
So, if you don't hear from me for 10 days or so, you'll know why. This time I really AM in Hawaii. Really.